Philly Inquirer, 2011

Parents letting boys like pink, girls blue

Ariel Meadow Stallings, 35, who runs a blog called, has observed that gender-neutral parenting has become a hot topic of discussion in the parenting community.

Stallings, who has a 17-month-old boy named Octavian Fetz Stallings, has strong feelings against “handing down an identity” to children, in her case shaped partially by the fact that her mother and mother-in-law are both in same-sex relationships. Determined to give her son a “gender-neutral start-off,” Stallings keeps her distance from trucks, balls and blues.

“So many assumptions about gender roles are just entrenched in our culture,” said Stallings. “Being gender-neutral encourages people to pause and think about their perceptions.”

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